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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Austrian Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday, after a stewards’ investigation, while champions Mercedes lost for the first time this season.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, starting on pole, finished second after defending hard against Verstappen with the two youngsters banging wheels as the Dutchman forced his way past three laps from the end.
Both 21, the pair were the youngest top two finishers in Formula One history.
Verstappen took the chequered flag, at a scenic circuit owned by Red Bull and with thousands of orange-shirted Dutch fans cheering him on, but still faces an anxious wait for confirmation.
No Penalty for Verstappen
More than three hours after the conclusion of the dramatic race, stewards ruled that their wheel-banging moment had been a ‘racing incident’ and no punishment was required.
Valtteri Bottas finished third for Mercedes with championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton, winner of the previous four races, fifth and behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Five-times world champion Hamilton remains well in front in the standings, 31 clear of Finland’s Bottas after nine of 21 races.
The victory was the first for a Honda-powered car since Britain’s Jenson Button won in Hungary in 2006 for the Japanese manufacturer’s own team, and a welcome antidote to last weekend’s dull French Grand Prix.
It also ended Mercedes’s run of 10 wins in a row, and eight this season.